Trade Assistant Job In New Zealand

Pan Pac Forest Products Limited

Pan Pac Forest Products Limited is currently seeking a trade assistant to join their team in Whirinaki, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. As a  Trade Assistant, candidate will work alongside a team of highly skilled saw doctors who will provide training, mentorship, and full support. This role offers the opportunity to gain a national certificate in solid wood manufacturing sponsored by the company. The position entails working in shifts 4 -10 hour shifts per week, covering both days and nights, with occasional Saturday shifts, over a 3-week rotating roster. The role is based at the Whirinaki mill site, conveniently located 15 minutes north of Napier. Candidates should possess the ability to work independently or within a team. It has excellent verbal and written communication skills to communicate with peoples. Apply now!

Responsibilities for Trade Assistant:

  • Gaining knowledge and understanding about the saw guide setup.
  • Fully understanding the saw lube setup and calibration of oil flow.
  • Understanding the function and process of alignments and assisting with these.
  • Assisting in ensuring all saw centres are readily available and cutting to the correct specification (paired with a qualified saw doctor).
  • Ability to problem-solving and troubleshooting around the reliability of saws.
  • Understanding the function of the saw lube units and conducting routine maintenance and performance checks on this machinery.

Skills for Trade Assistant:

  • Ability to understand and work with machinery, tools, and equipment commonly used in woodworking and manufacturing settings.
  • Ability to identify issues, troubleshoot problems, and find effective solutions independently or as part of a team.
  • Clear verbal and written communication skills to interact effectively with colleagues and follow instructions accurately.
  •  Ability to adapt to changing priorities, tasks, and work environments in a dynamic production setting.
  • Strong commitment to workplace safety practices, including adherence to safety protocols and regulations


  • It provide competitive salary packages.
  • Work alongside highly skilled Saw Doctors who provide training, mentorship, and support, facilitating skill development.
  • Gain a national certificate in solid wood manufacturing sponsored by the company, enhancing qualifications and career prospects.
  • Full support and training provided by experienced Saw Doctors, fostering a supportive and collaborative work environment

Pan Pac adds value to natural resources and has been a part of New Zealand’s bio-based economy for 50 years. We grow, process, and deliver quality radiata products to national and international markets. Sustainability and safety are the foundations of our business. We have a team of over 450 full-time staff and 400 contractors. We care for our people, the environment, and our community.

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